A Play of Heresy (A Joliffe Mystery)
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A FESTIVAL OF MURDER...
In the early summer of 1438, Joliffe and his fellow players have arrived in Coventry for the theatrical festival of Corpus Christi Day. Employed by one of the city's rich and powerful merchant guilds, they plan to present two of the many plays which will extravagantly depict all of God's Story in a parade of pomp and pageantry.
But even as they prepare to perform the Nativity, Joliffe may be called on to play a wise man off the stage as well. When the merchant Master Kydwa goes missing and is presumed dead, the cunning Bishop Beaufort calls on Joliffe's skills as a spy to uncover the mysteries of Coventry's elite. As suspicion falls on his own companions, Joliffe is drawn into the devilish machinations of a secret sect of heretics bent on destroying the Church. The players may be forced to present the harrowing of Hell, but will Joliffe be able to unravel a confession of corruption before Coventry's dark enigmas unleash a medieval massacre of the innocents?
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as when he had been a barely bearded youth. Those were Gil’s parts now, but he could still play an older woman if need be. Sendell brooded at him. “I could use you for Ane the Prophetess maybe. Nobody wants to be her. I’d rather have you for the Angel, but there’s no hope of pulling Ned loose from that.” “He won’t be shifted,” Burbage confirmed. “Fancies himself in flowing robes and those high wings too much. He could have my Second Prophet, though, and welcome.” Sendell looked at him,
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to his mouth, silently asking if Joliffe wanted to go drinking, but added by a twitch of his head toward Dick that he would have to see the boy home first. Joliffe’s answer was forestalled by Sendell saying, “Master Joliffe, could you stay a time longer, please you?” “Assuredly.” He traded a regretful shrug with Powet but in truth sat back down on the bench willingly enough. Since he had probably drained Eustace Powet of all the information he safely could for the while, it was just as well to
years ago when things had been anything but safe and sure in Coventry, especially for Lollards. Meaning for her own family as well as others. Even if, as Powet said, the Emes were “quiet Lollards,” seven years ago there must have been no knowing how far the government’s vengeance for the revolt would spread, how strongly the Church would demand even the least guilty be sought out and destroyed. It had not come to that, but there had to have been a frightening time until everything had settled.
ale-fests.” Joliffe winced. That was catch-as-catch-can work for the most part and meant working with whatever folk and whatever play were to hand around the church for the sake of raising money by a day of merriment and drinking. With drinking the most important part of the day for all too many of the folk there. “Now he’s here,” said Basset. “I’ve talked with him some. I think he can still do fit work when he has something and someone fit to work with.” “Which you say he presently doesn’t,”